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State-of-the-art facilities to boost skills in Cumbria

Published on: Monday 12th September 2016
Categorised under: Learn , College, Education, Furness College, University of Cumbria

A range of new facilities will open their doors in the coming weeks, thanks in part to investment through Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership.

The Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Centre at Furness College will open later this month, while students at the University of Cumbria will make use of extended laboratory facilities to support science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) disciplines.

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) director Graham Haywood said: “The next few weeks see some important, tangible milestones for skills development in Cumbria, with the investments we have made helping training providers across the county to increase capacity and extend their offer.

“This county is set to offer 56,000 new job opportunities in the next five years as our economy diversifies.

“All of these new developments are vital mechanisms for ensuring that we meet the growing demand locally for highly-skilled workers, and that our workforce in Cumbria has the appropriate skill sets to fill those new jobs.”

Cumbria LEP has invested over £3m in total across these developments, with funding drawn from Regional Growth Fund resources.

The £4m Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Centre at Furness College in Barrow offers state-of-the-art training facilities designed to give students access to the latest high-tech equipment and machinery.

The University of Cumbria’s new STEM labs at the Fusehill Campus in Carlisle have been developed to ensure that greater numbers of students can study for degree-level qualifications in science subjects in Cumbria.

Click here to read Cumbria LEP’s Skills Investment Plan to improve skill levels, increase the county’s workforce and assist employers.

Find out more about Choose Cumbria partners the University of Cumbria and Furness College.

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